NMA locks horns with Oyo govt over posting of resident doctors
By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—THE Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, South West zone has kicked against move by the Oyo State Government to transfer Resident Doctors at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso to non teaching institutions in the state.
The doctors, in a letter jointly signed by their chairman, Dr Atalabi O. M and Secretary, Elekwachi G and sent to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said the move would erode the status of the hospital as a teaching hospital.
In addition, the medical practitioners said the proposed posting was a breach of the training schedule of doctors saying “it is contrary to the edict that established the residency training programme.”
The doctors warned that any attempt to implement it would be a “disservice to the populace and humanity.”
While calling for a reversal in the decision, the NMA urged the state government to prioritize the health of the populace by investing more in the institution to uplift the standard and improve the welfare of the staff.
The association noted that residency training was a very crucial and integral part of high level manpower development in the medical profession.
It added that it was aimed at building the best generation of specialists, who would be responsible for qualitative medical care to the populace, ground breaking research for healthcare development and training of future generation of medical practitioners.
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